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PulseAudio System Tray


A replacement for the deprecated padevchooser.

pasystray allows setting the default PulseAudio source/sink and moving streams on the fly between sources/sinks without restarting the client applications.


  • switch default sink/source
  • move playback/record stream to a different sink/source on the fly
  • detect pulseaudio instances on the network with avahi
  • set X property PULSE_SERVER (like padevchooser's "set default server")
  • adjust volume/toggle mute of sinks/sources and playback/record streams
  • rename devices (pulseaudio must have module-device-manager loaded)

To detect remote sinks/sources you need to enable module-zeroconf-discover on the local PulseAudio instance and module-zeroconf-publish on the remote side.

To control a different server than the local instance, run pasystray as:

$ PULSE_SERVER=remote_host pasystray

Mouse Bindings

over status icon:

  • left/right-click: open menu
  • ctrl + left-click: start pavucontrol
  • middle-click / alt + left-click: toggle mute default sink
  • ctrl + middle-click / ctrl + alt + left-click: toggle mute default source
  • scroll up/down: adjust the default sink volume
  • ctrl + scroll: adjust the default source volume

over source/sink:

  • scroll up/down: adjust the volume of respective stream
  • left-click: set as default source/sink
  • middle-click / alt + left-click: toggle mute
  • right-click: open menu to move all outputs/inputs to this source/sink or rename it

over playback/record stream:

  • scroll up/down: adjust the volume of respective stream
  • middle-click: toggle mute


If the pasystray icon is not displayed in your Unity system tray, you will have to whitelist it. Read this for instructions:

For Ubuntu 13.04 and above, AppIndicator is mandatory. Unfortunately, the ctrl + click / ctrl + scroll bindings don't work with AppIndicator.